Koreans’ average marriage age rises: report

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The average ages of both South Korean men and women at the time of their first marriage have risen over the past decade, an industry report showed Friday.

According to the report by local matchmaking firm Duo, the average age of men who tied the knot stood at 36 years. The tally is based on data collected on clients of the matchmaking company between June 2015 and May 2017.

(Photo courtesy of Duo)

The two-year average marked an increase from 33.4 years tallied 10 years earlier.

The report also showed that the age of women walking down the aisle rose by 2.3 years over the cited period to 33.

The average age difference between the groom and bride for the first marriage came to 3.2 years, with more than 90 percent of men being older than their wives, Duo said.

The Duo report showed the average annual income of its male members who got married during the cited period was 51 million won ($45,000), with that of female members coming to 30 million won. (Yonhap)


Source  :  The Korea Herald

Culture ministry considering measures to ban conglomerates’ screen monopoly

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The government will work out measures to prevent further widening disparity between conglomerate-invested big-budget films and films from minor studios, officials said Friday.

Conglomerates such as CJ Group and Lotte Entertainment have come under fire for dominating screens using their own movie distribution and cinema chain units, marginalizing films from smaller companies or indie and art-house films.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism had a meeting with an advisory committee for national planning for the Moon Jae-in administration and film industry figures on Friday to discuss ways to enhance fair competition in the local film industry. The ministry will hold more talks with the industry to discuss measures ranging from self-regulation to legal ones to prevent further disparity, ministry officials said.

“Because many problems have arisen from the polarization of the movie industry, a majority of people feel the need to improve this,” a ministry official said on condition of anonymity. “We will discuss countermeasures with the industry with all possibilities wide open, including a legal ban on the vertical integration,” he said, without giving further details of the ongoing discussions.

But industry insiders and experts say that the government is highly likely to introduce a system banning the conglomerates from running both a cinema chain and a movie distributor and restricting the number of screens that can be allocated to a single film.

The newly appointed culture minister Do Jong-hwan proposed a relevant bill when he was an opposition legislator last October. If the bill, which is currently pending at the National Assembly, is made into a law, CJ Group and Lotte Group must give up either one of their two movie-related arms. CJ currently has the entertainment and media giant CJ E&M and the multi-screen theater chain CJ CGV while Lotte has Lotte Entertainment and Lotte Cinema. (Yonhap)


Source  :  The Korea Herald

Could Dandenong mirror the Wanderers and be Melbourne’s third A-League club?

JUNE 30 2017

Michael Lynch

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Western Sydney Wanderers have been one of the shining success stories of the A-League.

They have one of the biggest supporter bases, attract large crowds, and while they haven’t won an A-League title, they have gone close, losing in three grand finals.

They have achieved something even more significant, winning the Asian Champions League. The only Australian team to do so.

Not bad for a club that played its first match in October 2012, fewer than five years ago.

Could Western Sydney’s success be replicated in Australia’s other big city, Melbourne?

Could a club modelled on the Parramatta-based Wanderers succeed in uniting a disparate community and local businesses to give their region a sporting focus it has hitherto lacked, and boost its image and standing in Victoria and beyond?

That is the hope of a group of local authorities, their mayors and chief executives in Melbourne’s sprawling south-eastern suburbs, who believe that their region, one of the fastest growing in the country, would be the perfect site for a new A-League franchise.

The beleaguered FFA, reluctant to give the green light to speedy expansion, has put any new entrants on hold for the time being.

But there is little doubt that when the two new mooted Australian franchises – or possibly three, if Wellington is not granted an extension at some point in the future – will be in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane.

Those running the bid based in Dandenong – known as Team 11, representing the city of Dandenong and the municipalities of Casey and Cardinia – are optimistic that they already tick many of the boxes when the FFA signs off on successful franchise bids.

South Melbourne, with their long lease on a stadium near the city centre at Albert Park, their newly developed social club and long history of success in the NSL, have garnered most of the publicity among the Victorian contenders for the next A-League franchise.

They have a strong case based on their assets and history, while the other bid to have broken cover, that based in Geelong, is arguing that its regional base and strong support for the game make it worthy of consideration.

But those promoting the Dandenong/Casey/Cardinia bid believe that its demographics give it a strong political and social argument for siting a new club in a depressed area which could be regenerated by being given a spot on the national sporting stage.

Councillor Jim Memeti is the Mayor of Dandenong: he is a man who has spent his life in the area, has local business interests in the retail sector and is committed to lifting the profile and image of a region which is, he points out, comparable to the city of Adelaide in terms of size and population.

“The whole catchment area this bid represents – not just Dandenng, but Cardinia and Casey – is a huge growth corridor with lots of young families moving in.

“We have more clubs here registered with the Football Federation of Victoria than any other municipality. There is great support and interest in the game which is waiting to be tapped.”

The Dandenong City Council chief executive, John Bennie, is quick to provide the numbers which support the fledgling bid’s case.

“This is an area of disadvantage and high unemployment. Yes, there is disengaged youth here, but we feel that if we can attract an elite sporting team here that will lift the profile of the area and assist community cohesion and engagement.

“We have got people from 158 different nations living in our city, and most of them are from countries which are crazy about soccer.

“An A-League club would provide a centre piece, but the game is growing, and it’s not just about engagement for young men. Women are playing the game in increasing numbers and they would provide part of the support base as well, along with young children and families.”

Memeti says the Team 11 bid wants to be ready to snap into action in November of this year if the FFA goes ahead and puts out an expression of interest memo then.

Finance is obviously a key ingredient, and he says that the three municipalities are looking for state government support and cash from private investors.

The local authorities may also create a company which could become the bid vehicle and deal with investors and backers looking to become involved.

If they got the go-ahead, the plan, says the Mayor, would be to develop a boutique stadium – initially with a capacity for 10,000 but capable of being extended to double that – in Dandenong at Greaves Reserve.

The City of Casey is seeking finance to develop a soccer hub at Casey Fields, which would provide training grounds and administration facilities.

“There is obviously an economic element to all this too, as we believe an A-League franchise could help drive business in this area as it would increase the vitality of the municipalities,” Memeti points out.

The stadium would also provide Melbourne with a fourth, smaller venue. As such, he suggests, it might prove an option for the Melbourne Storm or Melbourne Rebels to play certain games against poor drawing opponents rather than have a lot of empty seats at AAMI Park.

Any venue would also, Bennie adds, be configured as multi purpose so it would generate economic and social benefits 52 weeks of the year, either housing other sports (like basketball) or potentially staging large concerts or even exhibitions.

“We think the argument is strong,” says Memeti. “The region has similar population to Adelaide, and its in Melbourne’s back yard. We have 12,500 businesses in this area and we make a 30 per cent contribution to the gross state product of Victoria as a centre of manufacturing industry. We know many of those businesses would love to be involved in backing a local A-League team.”


Source  :  The Canberra Times

Canberra weather: Capital shivers through coldest morning in six years

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If you’re reading this still snuggled up in bed, you might want to stay there. It was colder in Canberra than at Thredbo on Saturday morning, as temperatures in the capital plunged to minus 8.7.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Helen Reid said that while it was the coldest morning in at least six years, the low actually surpassed that recorded on July 29 2011, at minus 8 degrees, and was on track to break more records.

“We won’t know for sure for a few days yet if it’s surpassed any others, but it’s definitely in the running for a medal,” she said.

While Canberrans were already bracing for a chilly start to the weekend, with lows of 6 degrees forecast for Saturday and Sunday, temperatures slid even further into freezing just after sunrise.

Canberra’s coldest morning on record was in 1971 at minus 10 degrees, and the average minimum for July sits at minus 1.1.

“It is usual [for Canberra], you’ll have the odd frosty morning at minus 3 or 4 but minus 8.7 is definitely noteworthy,” Ms Reid said .

Tuggeranong was a balmy minus 5.8 degrees in comparison and Thredbo hit minus 7.6 degrees, with no snow falling on Saturday morning.

While Sydney managed to stay out of subzero temperatures, Goulburn took the low a degree further, hitting minus 9.7 overnight.


The weather was so cold it even hampered firefighting efforts for crews battling a blaze in Bungendore on Friday night.

Photos posted on the Queanbeyan City Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page show water from the crew’s hoses turning into “ice slushy” after freezing over due to the subzero temperatures.

Crews said the ground temperature got as low as minus 15 between 3am and 7am.

The Rural Fire Service’s acting manager for the Lake George zone, Inspector Chris Allen, said that while he had seen cold firefighting conditions before, he hadn’t seen any that led to the water freezing.

He said there were constant shift changes throughout the night in order to keep crews warm.

“We had a safety officer to monitor the freezing and the crews that were on the ground,” he said.

Water was recirculated through a pump to stop it from freezing as they fought the house fire.

For those hibernating indoors, Saturday was expected to reach a sunny 13 degrees after its icy start.

But there was little relief in sight for Sunday morning, as Ms Reid warned another minus 8 degree low looked likely.

“We’re in for another chilly night tonight, possibly as cold, or perhaps a degree warmer,” she said.

A high pressure ridge was behind the sharp drop in temperatures across the region.

“It’s been so still overnight, there’s been no wind, no cloud cover like a blanket to keep the warm air in overnight.”

But, come Monday, Ms Reid said that ridge would be moving out and minimum temperatures would climb back up to the zero mark.

“That should feel positively tropical after this,” she said. “We’ll be back to our usual cold Canberra, rather than freezing Canberra.”

Source  :  The Canberra Times